NHL News: Rangers, Canadiens, Avalanche, Devils, and KHL Suspensions

NHL News: Rangers, Canadiens, Avalanche, Devils, and KHL Suspensions

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The New York Rangers sign Mika Zibanejad to a five-year deal
On the New York Rangers …

Craig Morgan: Contract breakdown for Mika Zibanejad‘s new five-year contract.

2017-18: $5.000 + $1.000 SB
2018-19: $5.500
2019-20: $5.350
2020-21: $2.650 + $2.500 SB
2021-22: $4.750

Andy Graziano: “Zibanejad has averaged 18 goals and 45 points over 337 career games. That’s worth $5.35 in today’s environment.”

On the Montreal Canadiens …

Cap Friendly: The Canadiens signed defenseman Mark Streit to a one year, $1 million deal with a base salary of $700,000 and a performance bonuses of $300,000

On the Colorado Avalanche …

Elliotte Friedman: The Avalanche and Matt Nieto avoid arbitration and agree on a one-year, $1 million deal.

Renaud Lavoie: The Avalanche signed defenseman Jesse Graham to a one-year, two-way deal for $650,000.

On the New Jersey Devils …

Chris Ryan of NJ.com: The Devils and defenseman Mirco Mueller agreed on a two-year, $1.7 million deal.

Andrew Gross: Salary breakdown for Mueller:

2017-18 – $775,000
2018-19 – $925,000

Chris Ryan of NJ.com: The Devils re-signed goaltender Scott Wedgewood to a one-year, two-way deal for $650,000.

The Devils re-signed forward Joseph Blandisi to a two-year, two-way deal for $1.36 million. He’ll get $660,000 this season and $700,000 in 2018-19.

On KHL suspensions …

Igor Eronko: The KHL suspended Danis Zaripov, Derek Smith and Andrei Konev for violating the leagues anti-doping rules.

Igor Eronko: Zaripov received a two-year suspension, Smith received 18 months and Konev six months.

Aivis Kalnins: Have been told that Zaripov’s suspension will be appealed.

Slava Malamud: The drug that Zaripov was caught using was pseudoephedrine, the same substance that Nicklas Backstrom was caught for in the Sochi Olympics. “However, paired w/ a diuretic, suggests intended use not innocent.”

Aivis Kalnins: Zaripov’s contract was at around $2 million a season and is now inactive following his suspension.

Gabrielle T-F: If Zaripov’s KHL contract becomes terminated, Bill Daly said that his NHL eligibility¬†“would have to be evaluated.”